Figurine of a lion, carved from mammoth ivory and now with its head re-attached. The figurine was found at the Vogelherd Cave in South-west Germany and is approximately 40,000 years old
Photo by H Jensen. Credit: University of Tübingen reports on Thursday that –
Researchers from the University of Tübingen have successfully re-attached the newly discovered head of a prehistoric mammoth-ivory figurine discovered in 1931. The head was found during renewed excavations at Vogelherd Cave, site of the original dig in 1931. The recent excavations, between 2005 and 2012, have yielded a number of important finds. The discovery of this ivory head helps to complete a figurine which now can be recognized as a lion – and demonstrates that it is possible to reassemble often fragmentary figurines from the earlier excavation. The new discovery is presented in the 2013 edition of the journal “Archäologische Ausgrabungen in Baden-Württemberg”.
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